Hoons tear up reserve

A COPELAND resident says he thinks it is only a matter of time until young hoons using Copeland Common for joyriding severely injure or even kill someone.

Ray Walker, who lives nearby, said he was disgusted by the behaviour of a group of young hoons after they nearly hit a caravan parked at the common last month.

Mr Walker said it is not the first time cars have used the common for joyriding. He said it has happened on three or four occasions since he first moved to the area 12 months ago.

“They get out on the grass and broadside, just go around and around,” he said.

“How they didn’t hit the caravan I don’t know. They would have been only a couple of metres at most from it.

“All they’re doing is cutting it up and wrecking it for everyone else.”

Tyre marks could still be seen across the common for days following the incident.

Mr Walker said on previous occasions joyriding at the common usually occurred on a Friday or Saturday night.

“This was during the week which hasn’t happened before,” he said.

“They were there for about 15 or 20 minutes doing burnouts and then they just left.”

Mr Walker said his fear was someone could get seriously hurt.

“All they’d have to do is spin out and if someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time...” he said.

“What are they going to do then? I don’t think saying ‘we didn’t mean to hurt anyone, it was just a bit of fun’ is going to cut it.”

Ray Walker indicates the damage caused by hoons at Copeland Common.

Ray Walker indicates the damage caused by hoons at Copeland Common.


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